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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Offensive coordinator firings

You all know by know that the Ravens fired Jim Fassel as their offensive coordinator while the Cardinals fired Keith Rowen as their offensive coordinator.

Fassel was fired because the Ravens were only averaging 18.3 points per game.

Rowen was fired for bad play-calling -- as in sending Egderrin James into a stone wall many times instead of letting Matt Leinart, who was having a great game, throw more times.

Well the Dolphins are averaging only 13 points per game. And, yup, there's been some super questionable play-calling this year from Mike Mularkey.

So would you fire him now?

Please don't just give me a response off reflex. If you think he should be fired, you better come with a better replacement short-term.


Blogger Joseph said...

I do not think anyone should be fired at this stage. The important question of who would replace him was posed by Armando and the answer is that all the offensive gurus out there have jobs. Mularkey was successful in Pittsburgh prior to going to Buffalo. His offense is predicated on having a very good running game. The trick plays that are his staple only work because the defensive backs respect the heck out of the run. So far the running game has not gotten on track, and that is the fault of the OL, not Mularkey.

I think it is important to get some continuity in all phases of the game, something the Dolphins do not have on offense because 3 coordinators in the last 3 years and on defense because of Saban's changes as well as personnel turnover for free agent and injury reasons.

Look at the most successful franchises over the last 5 to 10 years and they have one thing in common, the head coach has not changed. I have said this before but the Steelers, Patriots, Broncos, Colts, Panthers and Seahawks all have coaches who have been there for more than a few years. I know there are some flashes in the pan like the Bears and Falcons but they all have the same things happen to them, up and down years. To build a winner the foundation must remain in place and it starts with the head coach and front office. Let Saban and his boys run things for awhile and see what happens. Replacing anyone would only set the franchise back a few more years.

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Dude said...

Hell yes!!!

Fire Mularkey today. Not that it's going to change anything this season because this season is lost.

So now is the time to see what we've got for the future. Start Jason Allen immediately and fire Mularkey. He sucked in Buffalo and he sucks here. His play calling has been unimaginative and idiotic (Houston 2 point conversion attempt, anyone?)

In his stead, promote QB coach Jason Garrett. See what he brings to the table. Maybe he learned a thing or two about running an offense while in Dallas with Jimmy Johnson.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Cesar said...

FIRE MULARKEY and take the o-line out to the backyard and turn them into glue .. we can all bring in "the dude" and myself to run the offense ... But seriously, the Arizona guy didn't seem all that bad other than running James into a brick wall when it was clearly obvious that da' Bears were suseptible to the short passing game even though, with the exception of Boldin, the rest of the receivers spent their night dropping balls ... wait a minute, they are 1-5 ... scratch that ... Armando, go ahead and throw your hat into the ring - I'll put in a goof word for ya ...

4:05 PM  
Blogger Lab_3003 said...

Miami has an "offensive quality control" coach. I have no idea exactly what the job entails but based on the output of the team and the title, that's the guy that has to go. Mike Mularkey doesn't have the talent around him to be judged properly. Now If he averaged 13 pts/game for the Colts, then he should be fired.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Brigadier Pudding said...

i still don't understand why this clown was brought in in the first place. if saban was keeping linehan's offense (as he alleges), why not just promote from within? baggett (who is as familiar with linehan's offense as anyone) or garrett would've been fine choices.

made no sense then, and makes even less sense now.

11:17 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

it wouldn't really make much difference at this point to fire mularkey, sabans's true metal will be tested in the off-season when he must orchestrate major changes both with his roster and coaching staff! he really needs to find out what he has and what he needs from the rest of the season!let all the young guys play starting with the next game! maybe somene else needs a defensive tackle or wide receiver?make some trades,do SOMETHING FOR THE FUTURE!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It has been six games.

Armando wise up dude.

1:08 AM  
Blogger Alexander said...

Armando, there is no obvious answer here. There is only the bottom line that the Dolphins offense needs a good kick in the a**. Some sort of spark!! It has become apparent that the Mularkey experiment is not working. I'm sure he's a talented coach and I'm starting to believe that things just "clicked" for him up in Pitt (the same way we need someone to "click" here), but he ain't no innovator. He aint no Charlie Weis, Steve Spurrier, or Urban Meyer even. The offense stinks and he's running the show there. Right now, you could probably get Lamar Thomas to call a better game (seriously). So really, the Dolphins just have to bite the bullet, part ways, and go find someone else (someone that Saban thinks will light a spark, atleast for the rest of the season until the new OC shakeout during the offseason).

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

take an engine,If it's not running right then you change plugs, cap etc. and if it still doesn't run right then you look to other places.
In maimi we replaced qb. and replaced and rearrainged the o line. that didn't do it.
In the engine we have the brains(computer) not sending the right signals to the right engine.the computer is sending signals that work good for an 8 cyl. but not a6 cyl. so you change computers to match the engine.
In miami is it that the brains(coaches) are sending signals that our presently preforming 6 cyl team can't consistantly execute.So do you change the brains or wait til the team can run as an 8 cyl.
I say our players are definalitly of 8cyl calliber, and will perform like an 8cyl. in time,but maybe not in time for alot of people.
these alot of people either directly or indirectly keep this team floating and they deserve for the money payed to see a winner.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Fire Mularky. The party line of "execution" by the players being the problem is ridiculous. It's the coaches responsibility to get the players ready to play so they know what they have to do on each play. If the players don't know what to do, the coach needs to fix it. Period. If the players are messing up assignments on each play, the offensive coordinator is to blame. It would be different if the players were just not good enough and were getting physically beat. Promote Jason Garrett. Heck, bring back Shula to be offensive coordinator. He never had an offense this bad.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Black said...

No he should not be fired. The offensive line is playing terrible. Which by the way Armando pointed out a few weeks ago. If the offensive line begins to play well the Dolphins will roll.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Kid Neutron said...

As far as I can tell, Mularkey hasn't been the one dropping passes, and tossing interceptions. By my count, he's committed zero drive-killing penalties. I'm not sure how much "Coordinating" can be done to fix generally mediocre playing.

Now ask me how much I like those gadget plays - those have to sit on the shelf for a while. That stupid reverse stopped fooling people after the second preseason game.

We've got the entire season to get the tar and feathers prepared. It's too early to start running people out of town.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous NorthernDolFan said...

Fire Mularkey now. His play calling has been no where. 4th and inches for a touchdown and he runs them down the middle, what happened to play action or why hand off 5 to 6 yards deep. Keep it tight and quick. WHo to rpelace him, hell the mascot could to a better job. Promote Garrett or better still let the QB's make their own calls. Who better to control the game. It's done in the CFL with success. A year full of promise to be over after 6 weeks. All I can say is Go BEARS.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have Joey or Daunte call their own plays? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Where do you get your drugs?

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with the offense is because we overhauled the offensive line last year. We started over and it takes a few games for everyone to gell. We also got a new offensive coordinator and quarterback. You don't just change everything and expect to go to the superbowl the next year. It takes a couple of years of everyone playing with each other to do that. Look at the previous superbowl winners. They've all played together for a little while. Saban obviously wanted to get his stamp on this line. He overhauled the defensive line and linebackers last year. This year he did it with the secondary and OL. Give him a couple of more years. We'll be a contender then. I assure you.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous finndolpfan said...

thanks for your refreshing column armando!the question and answer that darlington runs is too much like the arse-kisser stuff that appears everywhere else!sure fire mularkey, he clearly will never lead the offence to the superbowl that is obvious!who repaces him is irrelavant at this point as i don't believe anyone on the staff is truely capable(i could be wrong)!i re-iterate that saban has a rare opportunity to evaluate his team for the rest of the season! he is unlikely to be fired no matter what his final record is!he should 1- put daunte on ir and give playing time to joey and cleo to determine if either has a future here 2- scour the entire league and see if he can trade any of his veterans for draft picks NO ONE IS OFF-LIMITS! 3- put jason allen and matt roth into the starting line-up immediately!they must find out if either of these guys can play! 4-give anthony alabi some snaps at left tackle to see if he has anything! 5 -start giving crowder some time at middle lb to see if he can play there 6- begin scouring the waiver wire and taxi squads as this is the time of year that teams start to adjust their line-ups because of injuries 7-give all his young players meaningfull playing time, epecially hagan and the young defensive tackles neither of whom has even played a down so far!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Kurt in Tampa said...

Replace him with Strock

5:37 PM  
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2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok the dolphins scored 13 points against a lowly Tennesee Titans defense, 6 against the Bills, 15 against a Houston defense that is giving up like 28 points a game.... soooooo if the dolphins can't generate points against Green bay then fire Mularkey. The correct play calling is vital to a team success and it does generate points when u can control the clock and rest your defense and score points.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous FLiP said...

I totally agree with brining Fassel in, as soon as possible. This year is shot. Another season down the tubes. It is so frustrating too because this offense (line excluded) has far too much talent to be executing this poorly.

The offense is so inept that for the first time since I have been a DolFan, (which happens to be as far back as this 24-year-old can remember) I am angry. Angry because we should not be this bad. Angry because in 2004, the Dolphins had far less talent (specifically the QB and RB positions) and honestly, if they could play each other, my money would be on the ‘04 team.

Granted, we are all realizing now that the ‘Fins overachieved, BIG TIME, at the conclusion of the 2005 season but it honestly doesn’t seem that long ago that the ‘Fins were actually a good team, in the playoffs year in and year out (what was it like 10 years in a row???) Unfortunately, we never were able to win once we got there. Now after the safe assumption that we miss the playoffs once again this season, the Dolphins are rapidly approaching the other end of the pendulum, an entire decade without a playoff berth.

The once proud defense still has heart, but is among the oldest in the league. As much as I hate to admit it, Zach is starting to show his age. The hopes of a championship for a couple of the greatest heroes the franchise has ever seen are fading like those beautiful South Florida sunsets. We know we are only a handful of years removed before we see #54 and #99 take their rightful place in the ring of honor. They know it too, the sense of urgency that you can see in both of their faces after each disappointing loss, seems all to familiar to that of Marino when he wanted so badly to win a Super Bowl but never could. That look should break the hearts of DolFans everywhere.

I guess we are going to have to wait longer than we anticipated for a good, solid team. Quick fixes do not work in the NFL; just ask the Redskins. They go for that quick fix year in and year out and what has that done for them. I for one still believe that Nick Saban’s system will eventually bring a Super Bowl to South Florida. Unfortunately it will take time for poor Saint Nick to weed out the tatered ruins of the Johnson/Wanstedt era, smooth the field over and plant a new crop of talent that will someday grow into something special. It may not be until Channing Crowder and Travis Daniels are reaching the twilight of their careers before a winner is produced. Nick knows that he has to (and he already has begun to) clean the slate.

I sometimes get into arguments with a friend of mine who is a Chicago Cubs fan. I really get tired of hearing how the poor, poor Cubbies haven’t won the big one since 19 ‘nothin-and-eight. The Dolphins haven’t won in my lifetime either. Its part of being a sports fan, It builds character, and sometimes, just like the 2006 Miami Dolphins campaign, it just plain sucks.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't fire anyone. Let them keep losing so we can get the #1 pick
and take Brady Quinn. This season is lost. At the end of the season
FIRE EVERYONE! Clean house and bring back Jimmy Johnson. He knows
talent. Saban is a jackass who
doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. This idiot picked
a broken down has been as well as
a bust...Saban is the only one to
blame! FIRE HIS ASS in FEBUARY!!!!!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Spudpicker said...

fire chris chambers for dropping the ball and randy mcmichael for the same plus the missed blocks, fire the guy who decides what cleats the players wear and fire Mare, hes never been able to kick a field goal of longer than 45 yards and that is terrible for the pro's. the only reason Mare has scored the points he has is hes been kicking 30 yd field goals because the fins have had a bad offense since Don Shula left and JJ fired his OC, fire Jimmy Johnson...oh thats right, he already quit. fire daunte culpepper, because we should have never given up a second for a busted up qb who never really was that good in the first place. fire the guy who keeps passing out draft picks to other teams like they are mints from pizza hut, does pizza hut still pass out mints? fire pizza hut.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO!!!!!!!!! Bring back Jimmy Johnson? He knows talent? Do you mean like Avery? Common guys Jimmy was way over rated and a Jack A**

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say leave things as they are for now. At the end of the season fire the Offensive coordinator and draft to rebuild the O'Line...something that no coach including Shula did very well. It is high time that this area is finally addressed. John Madden once said...people always say that defense wins championships, but it is the O'line that wins championships. This I believe is true. A great offensive line can keep a defense off the field most of the game by possessing the football. What we need are Some BIG, Powerful, super aggressive guys up front to lead the way. This does not mean going out and obtaining other teams rejects. Build through the draft!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

I do not place the blame on the offensive coordinator, but the head coach. Saban pulled this stunt last year. he is so caught up in his trying to re-invent the game that he loses track of the basics. Last year we won 6 games in a row because he stopped his play scheme and went back to the basics.last year our offense and defense looked like hell on the field, and they look and play exactly the same this year following Saban's superior game plays. If that is what you want to it. It is time for the Executive's to give Saban a boot in the ass, and tell him produce or get out. This is not the place to examine or test new play ideas. The pre-season yes, but not during regular season. Saban also screwed up picking Culpepper instead of Drew Brees, and not playing Harrington more during preseason too. It all boils down to this Saban needs to get off his high horse and start playing for the team, and his fans, or get out.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

Do not set blame anywhere, but where it lies. We do have the talent offensively and defensively. It is poor play development and execution. Executing plays are difficult unless you understand what is expected of you within the play. This is causing all the confusion on the feild. I agree that this is disheartening watching a great franchise looking like something out of "MAD" magazine, but it all lies in the head coaches hands. He directs his players and coaching staff to what he wants, so give him all the crap he deserves.

I mentioned earlier that the Dolphins still have plenty of talent. What should have been done is follow the same path on how New England made their team strong. Instead of trading any of our first string players; we should have drafted to built up our second and third string, so we would have players of equal quality to replace a player when injury occurs. That is why New England was so great these past years. Their secondary and third line played equally well as the first string, and you cannot do that by trading your first string players away. You could not hurt New England by removing any certain player from the field because they all played as first string players. This is Miami's dilema, and it will not change until the executive office does something, and quick.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Bloodlust said...

Jimmy Johnson is as stupid, bull headed as Saban, and Johnson believes he is GOD's gift to football. Everything he touches turns to gold, or so he thought. If he was that great he would have done something while Marino was still at charge. We do not need a big headed individual running the team again. We need someone grounded enough to make Super Bowl happen, not a dream.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Oldtimer said...

Getting information from an excellent source inside the Alabama program. Nick Saban has taken the Alabama job.
Not too surprising sent it really seems he has not been successful so far in the NFL. Shula was asked to in a meeting last week with Mal Moore to make changes to his coaching staff and it was not received well. Could mean the Dolphins will need more than assistant coaches.

10:33 PM  

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